Supplemental Health Care

This supplemental health plan (provided through Great-West Life Assurance Company) provides assistance for some hospital, medical and dental care expenses which are not covered by Alberta Health Care (eg, prescription drugs, ambulance costs).

For complete details please refer to the Great-West Life Benefits Booklet.

The benefits are paid for by your faculty member or department and are effective the first day of the month following your appointment date (eg if appointed January 15, benefits become effective February 1).

Effective July 01, 2017,  the yearly cost of the postdoc supplemental benefits is $707.16 for single coverage; or $2 040.12 for family coverage.

In addition, effective February 01, 2016 the PDFAP (Postdoctoral Fellows Assistance Program) is $5.50 per month and the cost of WCB (Workers Compensation Board)is $0.18 per $100 of the stipend based upon the annual stipend.

Enrolling in the Plan
The Postdoctoral Fellows Office automatically sets up all postdocs with single coverage (unless proof of other coverage is provided). If you require family coverage, please fill out the Great-West Life Change form.

In approximately 6 weeks, the PDF Office will send (to your department) your GWL Benefit Card. This card will include your identification number, policy number, and division number. You will need to provide this information when completing either the Healthcare claim form or the Dental Claim form.

To Make a Claim
For a paper claim, please fill out the Great-West Life Health Claim form or the Great-West Life Dental Claim form and submit it to :

Winnipeg Health and Dental Claims Centre
P.O. Box 3050
Winnipeg, MB   R3C 0E6

For an on-line claim sign up at and have the following information ready:

  • Plan number (155419) and member ID number